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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005
d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 92246)
collectible wine
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The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 Decanter rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
1998 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. d'Arenberg believes that this is a natural part of vineyard life. One half, or arm of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side display amazing intensity.

Vintage 2005 could be summarized as a vintage that ripened without interruptions. The resulting wines are tight with amazing red fruit fragrance and lovely acidity. Crops yields were above average although slightly under the 2004 vintage.

Only the best barrels of Shiraz are selected to be bottled as The Dead Arm. The 2005 Dead Arm displays intense cedar, fig, blackberry, blueberry, and pepper aromas. Perfectly structured with a long and rich framework, it will yield this wine great aging power. After time in the bottle, the Dead Arm gains a biscuity, cinnamon, caramel and eucalyptus based bouquet on top of rich blackberry pie smells. Tobacco, mushroom, malt, spice and earth flavors play a complementary part on the long, fleshy finish.

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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.